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Iran’s Soleimani killed in US air raid: All the latest updates
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Iran’s Soleimani killed in US air raid: All the latest updates

Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, killed in Baghdad as tensions between US and Iran escalate. Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated on Friday after a US air raid killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces, or PMF. The Pentagon confirmed the attack at Baghdad's international airport, saying it came "at the direction of the president". Soleimani and al-Muhandis's deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East and are expected to draw severe retaliation from Iran and the forces it backs in the region against Israel and US interests. Here are all the latest updates amid the heightened tensions as of Friday, January 3: ...